Australia's High Court has denied commercial broadcasters there permission to appeal lower court decisions compelling radio to pay royalties for both broadcasting music and streaming.
Commercial Radio Australia is the national industry body representing Australia's commercial radio broadcasters. The PPCA is the recording companies' collecting society. The two have been pitted against one another in the matter of whether simultaneous online streams indeed constitute a separate use of recorded music.
A 2012 court decision actually found in favor of the CRA, which maintained that online simulcasts were within the definition of "broadcast" in Australia's Copyright Act. The PPCA has held that online performances should be subject to a separate tariff. A Federal Court overturned the CRA's earlier victory, and Australia's High Court now agrees.
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